Wedding Planning 101: Invitation Etiquette Tips and Advice from MagnetStreet

August 28, 2014 | Junebug Weddings

Heart-shaped Wedding Program  Fan from MagnetStreet

So, you’re newly engaged, now what? Sending out save the dates, invitations, and thank you’s requires planning and an understanding of wedding invitation etiquette. Heidi Markgraf from MagentStreet, an invitation design company, is here to help us better understand.

Pocket Wedding Invitation + Save the Date from MagnetStreet

How to Choose Your Invitation:

“The best way to choose your colors is by using our online editing tool to play with a variation of them on your favorite wedding stationery designs. To see your colors in person, request a Color Palette along with free wedding invitation samples to be custom-printed and mailed directly to you. After you’ve received your personalized samples and are convinced of your colors, the next step is to order a fully embellished wedding invitation–including enclosure items. Since you’re setting the tone of your wedding with your wedding stationery, you want to be fully confident in the quality, colors, and design of your suite. Order just one invitation and give yourself the peace of mind in knowing that your design is the one!”

color palette

How to Address Your Wedding Guests:

“Address your wedding guests and the invitation envelopes in the style and tone of your wedding. Following basic etiquette is a good rule of thumb. Generally speaking, you’ll want to find out which guests have professional titles and which guests prefer to go by their maiden name or hyphenated names, etc. Traditional etiquette also suggests that you do not use abbreviations for street names, states, and professional titles. Before you commit calligraphy pen to your envelopes, see examples for inviting your single, married, unmarried, and professionally titled guests below”

Here are a few examples:

Single guests

Miss Jane Doe

555 West Street

New York, NY 55555

Single + Guest

Miss Jane Doe

and guest

555 West Street

New York, NY 55555

Unmarried Couple

Miss Jane Doe

Mr. John Doe

555 West Street

New York, NY 55555

Married Couples

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

555 West Street

New York, NY 55555

For information on how to address professionals with titles, MagnetStreet has a handy list of different title examples.

Wedding Thank You Cards from MagnetStreet

When to Send Your Wedding Invitations:

“Wedding invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks ahead of the wedding date. Although much has changed with invitation etiquette, this target send date has generally remained the same. If you’re mailing out of state or overseas, make sure those invitations go out even earlier. Make it easy for your guests to respond– put a stamp on your RSVP postcards or envelopes. Did you know that square shaped wedding invitations have a higher mailing cost? Take one of your fully assembled wedding invitation envelopes to the post office to have it weighed prior to purchasing your invitations. No surprises there!”

Thanks so much to our friends over at MagnetStreet for their helpful tips and advice on wedding invitation etiquette. They have also created a simple and easy to use wedding planning checklist that’s sure to help you plan your wedding with ease!


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